Gryphon AX Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router Review – Fast as hell with tons of setup features for parents
EXAM – My wife and I recently took a sign language class and noticed some lag in Zoom meetings. My house is filled with WiFi goodness and I have a 200GB connection, so I figured my router might be causing the bottleneck. Will the Gryphon AX Tri-Band Mesh Router solve the problem? Yes, it certainly will, and with plenty of other bells and whistles too!
What is that?
The Gryphon AX Tri-Band Router is a home Wi-Fi system that transmits and receives data from an Ethernet modem over radio waves to appropriately equipped electronic devices.
- Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 3 inches (203 x 127 x 76mm)
- Weight: 2.88 lbs (1.3 kg)
- Voltage input: 110-240 volts, 50/60 Hz
- WiFi 6, AX4300 / Tri-band
- Coverage: up to 3,000 square feet per unit
- Voltage input: 110-220 volts, 47-63 Hz
- x1 WAN port, x1 Gigabit LAN port with Ethernet link
- Supply voltage output: 12 VDC, 2.0 A, 24 watts
- 3 Gbps overall WiFi throughout support
- Optional Go with Gryphon HomeBound Personal VPN
- Gryphon Premium Protection – FREE for 90 days
What’s in the box?
- Gryphon AX Router
- Power source
- Ethernet cable
- Quick reference sheet
Design and features
At last count, I had about 57 WiFi gadgets connected to my home network at any one time. A few weeks ago, I noticed that I was having connection issues during online meetings (dropped connections, pixilation, etc.), especially when my daughter was streaming 4K video at the same time. I also have several outdoor cameras placed some distance from my structure which have less than stellar reception. So I was hoping that Gryphon’s AX Tri-Band Mesh Router might alleviate the issues.
Gryphon generously provided two AX routers for review. They arrived in sleek black boxes.
No packaging problems.
There’s not much in the box – the AX, power supply, ethernet cable and reference board.
The Quick Reference Card is the only paper documentation in the box. Everything else is in the app and online.
There are only two ports on the back of the Gryphon AX tri-band router. One for the internet connection and another for the wired. If you use two or more AXs, they can pump a blistering 4.3 GHz backhaul between nodes. This means that there is a connection network between the AX units (independent of WiFi) so that they communicate together very quickly. Data is transmitted from the AX connected to the modem and rebroadcast to others via this network which speeds up data transfer. For clarity, the link speed is between AX units and not the speed provided by the Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you have a 200 Mbps connection to your ISP, your AX network can use that bandwidth more efficiently, but won’t go faster than what’s provided. If Ethernet ports are used, connected devices can use the fastest bandwidth.
So why is it good? If your network has bundles-o-gadgets connected, the Gryphon AX Tri-Band router’s communication network can rebroadcast the WiFi signal to hard-to-reach places with a significantly lower speed drop than “range extenders”. .
The power connection is a barrel type connector. Hardware setup is delightfully simple – the first AX unit plugs into the Internet modem’s Ethernet port.
The front of the Gryphon AX tri-band router is elegantly simple.
To configure the Gryphon AX Tri-Band Router, an app is required. The app does an exemplary job of walking through the setup process. There is a QR code (removed from the photo for security reasons) on the bottom of the AX to speed up the process.
In case of connection problems, an online system can help you. I was impressed that Gryphon’s phone number and tech support is just a button click away with the “Need help?” in the lower left corner. I called them, waited only a few moments for a support representative, and asked a few questions. Well done Griffin!
Is the Gryphon AX tri-band router fast? Heck, yeah it is! My ISP is a 200mbps connection, but after configuring it correctly, speed tests showed 237mbps. Excellent! (Don’t let the second test number of 81Mbps mislead you – I was playing with other things while running the test. All subsequent tests were very fast!)
After the configuration of the first AX unit is complete, the dashboard displays an overview of the system.
The configuration options of the router are numerous.
Each connection can be viewed independently.
Because I had a second Gryphon AX tri-band router, I installed the second one in a corner of my house that needs the extra Wi-Fi speed and signal. Initialization only took a few minutes. I was thrilled that its signal reached a backyard Ring camera that had trouble staying connected in the past.
This is where a little planning and organization pays off. I spent the next few hours recording the MAC addresses of gadgets in my house and tagging them in the app. This is very useful for planning usage times and access by device, user or group. The Gryphon AX is ideal for families with children. If you’ve taken the time to inventory all the MAC addresses in your home, each can be assigned to a person or a group.
After assignment, setting up schedules, authorizing and blocking everyone is simple. Gryphon allows scheduling that can limit Internet access by time and category. For example, if a child needs internet access for homework, limited access can be provided to certain websites under the “Homework” criteria for that child, and a different set of limitations can be set for a another child. Of course, timers can be set to prevent access at specific dates or times (like bedtime or time to “get out of the house”). Is Netflix binge-watching keeping you awake after bedtime? Set yourself a time limit and keep your A-game at work the next day. Very smooth!
Age-appropriate settings can be configured for each person, group or device.
The web traffic of each mission can be examined.
Web access for different categories can be restricted by pressing a button.
Likewise, specific URLs and domains can be blocked.
You can even keep tabs on how each person or group is using data using the Insights and Data Usage tabs. I love this!
Individual configurations can also be adapted to age-appropriate content in the “Settings” tab.
As an option, Gryphon offers Advanced Threat Protection and HomeBound (a personal VPN) for $7.99 or $89.99. After my review, I was captivated enough to trust Gryphon and paid $89.99 for one year of service. According to the Gryphon website:
“Gryphon HomeBound is an app you can install on your smartphones and tablets to extend Gryphon’s security and protection while you and your family are on the go, even when using cellular or public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Advanced Network Protection – provides data encryption, privacy and malware filtering while logging in using the app.
Parental control system – extend parental controls outside the home on mobile data and on other WiFi networks.
Gryphon HomeBound® automatically and securely routes all traffic to your mobile device through your Gryphon mesh router to filter it before it reaches the internet.
Gryphon offers excellent malware protection. I was surprised how much traffic was generated by each device.
Devices that have not accessed routers can be automatically deleted.
System settings can be backed up and restored easily.
What I like
- crazy fast
- Fabulous customer service
- Most configuration options of any router I’ve ever used
- Premium malware protection
What I would change
- Another Ethernet port or two would be nice.
I was so impressed with the Gryphon AX Tri-Band Router that within a week I went to Amazon and bought another one to fill in the WiFi coverage holes in my home. If you have children, timer and blocking management abilities will be essential to keep them protected and focused on the task at hand instead of crushing their enemies in their favorite video game. The Gryphon AX Tri-Band Router is blazing fast, the setup and configuration options are spectacular, and the malware protection is impressive. Gadgeteers, we have a winner!